The Straits Times
Published on Dec 04, 2012

Pointless having developed minds with undeveloped hearts


I COULD not agree more with Mr Alvin Sim ("Good grades can't guarantee success in life"; last Tuesday).

Education is not merely about imparting academic knowledge and skills to students so that they have the ability and confidence to do well in the major public examinations.

More importantly, education should embrace the mission to inculcate in students moral values and principles in life.

It is dangerously easy for people to make a wrong turn in life when they are at the apex of their careers because of the many temptations in their way.

Because they may not have been properly equipped ethically, they may succumb to greed or complacency, and suffer from a lack of scruples.

We have read enough of such failings in the press lately to know that the problem is only too real.

There is no point in producing academically excellent students and skilled, talented workers who excel in studies and work, but fail when it comes to being proper, upright human beings.

Teo Kueh Liang